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Trump gives trophy to sumo winner during Japan visit

Tokyo, May 26 (efe-epa).- The United States President Donald Trump on Sunday awarded a trophy to the winner of a sumo wrestling final in the Japanese capital during a four-day visit to the Asian nation.

With the help of an official, Trump handed the 30-kilo, eagle-topped and specially-named US President's Cup to a victorious Asanoyama, a 25-year-old competitor who until now had been relatively unknown in the sport.

The presentation took place in the "dohyo," the name given to the center of the wrestling arena in the venerated Japanese sport.

The event was the subject of great media attention in Japan as it is unusual for an official representative of the United States to take part in such a spectacle.

Trump eschewed the tradition of sitting cross-legged on a cushion in favor of a low-backed seat in the stalls along with First Lady Melania Trump, the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and his wife, Akie Abe.

The match took place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan arena, the country's foremost sumo wrestling stadium.

Following the bout, Asanoyama – real name Hiroki Ishibashi – said he was lost for words with pride for having received the trophy.

From the dohyo, Trump also gave the victor a certificate and praised the wrestler for his "outstanding achievement" in the tournament. Asanoyama notched 12 wins and only 2 losses.

Other foreign heads of state who have watched sumo matches in Japan include former French president, Jacques Chirac, who, in turn, handed the winner of the tournament the Chirac Cup.

Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday and is scheduled to leave on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, he held his first informal talks with the Japanese prime minister during a round of golf in southwest Tokyo.

Although the winner of the round between Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump was not reported, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was played at Mobara Country Club and started at 9.45am local time, lasting two and a half hours.

The course is situated in Chiba prefecture, an area that was hit by a moderate earthquake ahead of Trump's arrival on Saturday.

The pair were joined on the course by veteran Japanese golfer Isao Aoki.EFE

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